Amid a nationwide fight to end sexual assault on college campuses, pop star Lady Gaga has released her powerful music video for the song “Til It Happens to You” which focuses on sexual assault and campus rape.
The black and white video, directed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, follows four college students who are sexually assaulted and the trauma and depression that follows.
"I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses," Hardwicke reportedly said in a statement.
The song was originally featured in the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which explores campus rape in the U.S.
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Lady Gaga is a rape survivor and thus has a personal connection to the cause.
“It happens every day, and it's really scary, and it's sad," Gaga said in an interview with Howard Stern. "It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, 'Just keep going,' because I just had to get out of there."
Gaga isn’t the only celebrity standing up against this disgusting epidemic, a star-studded PSA recently released by the White House for the #ItsOnUs campaign featured the likes of Zoe Saldana, Josh Hutcherson and Matt McGorry emphasizing the importance of consent.
A group of students from the University of Michigan also released a new app allowing friends and family to virtually “walk you home” to alleviate the window of vulnerability that students face while walking across campus solo.
Hopefully these efforts help victims and those fearful of becoming victims feel a sense of security.
But even more than that, we hope offenders get a wake-up call to see the error in their ways.
Feel free to watch Lady Gaga's full music video below, but please be advised it contains graphic content.